Rank: Private
Number: 49439
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 28 November 1916
Age: 24
Cemetery: Ploegsteet Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium

David was the son of Samuel & Elizabeth Bennett, 21 Nelson Street, Hazel Grove. He and his brother, Frederick, had been born in the village. David enlisted into the army at Chester and, from this service number, it can be deduced that he was not an early volunteer. It is consistent with him joining in mid-1916.

More information about him is contained in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton. Mr Eaton records that, whilst most of the 10th Cheshires were holding trenches in the heart of the Somme battlefield, parts of the Battalion were providing "carrying parties" in other sectors. He concludes that David must have been with one of these parties when he was killed.

However, detached parties would not work outside of their own sector and it is extremely unlikely that David would have been over 100 kilometres away near the border between Belgium and France. In the chaos of the fighting during the Battle of the Somme in the summer and early autumn of 1916, the army's normal detailed records broke down and they are a number of cases, recorded on this website, where men were moved between units without the paperwork "catching up with them". It is almost certain that David arrived in France, in the early autumn, as part of a draft of replacements intended for the 1oth Battalion but was reallocated to another unknown unit.

Whatever the circumstances, David was killed in action. His body was never found and identified and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing in Belgium.

Frederick Bennett would also die, on 1 October 1917, whilst serving with the Royal Field Artillery.

(Updated: February 2008)

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